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rapha defeats Cypher, wins BEAT IT

By Stuart 'SwitchbacK' Macdonald
Nov 26, 2010 17:47

Imagerapha avenged his prior upper bracket loss to Cypher by winning the grand final of BEAT IT 3-2.

Alexei 'Cypher' Yanushevsky had a one map advantage over Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson heading into the BEAT IT grand final, thanks to a 2-0 thrashing earlier in the competition. But it wasn't enough to stop a resurgent rapha who picked up another major international title following a 3-2 win.

The lack of a railgun on dm13 was evident as Cypher had no chance of getting into the game at all. rapha controlled the entire 10 minutes of action, literally giving Cypher no opportunties to find a way through his defenses.

ztn was a much more different encounter, though. The addition of a railgun played perfectly into Cypher's hands as it helped him keep within one to two frags of rapha, and eventually giving the QuakeCon 2010 champ the lead. When Cypher eventually wound up with full map control he became the aggressor and started showing off the aim he's gained a reputation for, which helped him pull away to a 10-5 win.

Six minutes went by on t7 without a single frag being conceded, mostly down to the fact that if Cypher won the map he would have won the entire BEAT IT tournament. As the game of chess went on, with each player vying for that one opportunity to snatch a frag, rapha was the one who came out on top and pulled away from there, gaining two more kills to finish the map 3-0.

The final map, Hektik, opened up brilliantly for Cypher. He put on a clinic, hitting four rails in a row, which he continued and built a 4-1 lead off the back of his aim. rapha clawed back a few frags but after a good move to steal the mega failed, Cypher looked to be gearing up to pull away.

However, rapha hit back with some great predicition play which totally threw Cypher off his routes and positioning plans. Ultimately the smart thinking of rapha prevailed over Cypher's now ruined game plan, and after being 5-3 down flipped the map into his favor 7-6 with one minute left. rapha played the defense perfectly, a difficult task on Hektik, and won the map and series to avenge his earlier loss as well as secure $6,000 and a gaming laptop.

BEAT IT final standings:

1st - US Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson - $6,000 + gaming laptop worth $1,500
2nd - BY Alexei 'Cypher' Yanushevsky - $3,000
3rd - FR Kevin 'Strenx' Baeza - $1,500



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